Coronavirus: Boris Johnson tests negative after the release of the hospital and will not return to work immediately.

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson tests negative after the release of the hospital and will not return to work immediately.


Boris Johnson's spokesman says the British Prime Minister is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 and is "not returning to work immediately" on the advice of his doctors.

Johnson was discharged Sunday from St. Thomas' Hospital in London and then moved to Chequers, the country residence of the prime minister, some 65 km northwest of the capital.

James Slack confirmed that Johnson has now tested negative for coronavirus and denied that the government had reduced the seriousness of Johnson's condition.

Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas on April 5 after his health had worsened and was moved to his intensive care unit the following day, where he provided oxygen but was not put on a ventilator.

He stayed there for three nights before going back to a normal hospital ward. After leaving the hospital, Johnson expressed his appreciation to the National Health Service staff for saving his life when "gone either way" might have happened.

"It's hard to find word to express my debt," he said in a statement on Sunday.


"In the last seven days I have, of course, seen the pressure that the NHS is under. I've seen the personal courage, not just of the doctors, the nurses, but of everyone - the cleaners, the cooks, the health care workers of every description, physios, radiographers, pharmacists who've kept coming to work, kept putting themselves in harm's way, kept risking this deadly virus.

"It is thank to that courage, that devotion, that duty and that love that our NHS has been unbeatable."

Slack said Johnson talked to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over the weekend, who during his absence was deputy to the prime minister.

Image: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he gives a press conference about the coronavirus inside 10 Downing Street in London, March 17, 2020. (Matt Dunham/AP)